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Widgets???..... Aren’t they those plastic thingemygigs you get in the bottom of a can of bitter to make it froth up when you pour it into a glass so you can pretend you’re in a pub and drinking real draught bitter??
Similar name – but no… when you are referring to a widget within the world of website builders, it’s a completely different thingemygig altogether. Get yourself a nice pint of frothy beer and I’ll explain it for you!
These days, websites without background videos run the risk of appearing old-fashioned. Even dinosaurish,
There’s nothing wrong with dinosaurs, or with looking like one. Dinosaurs are cool. Unless they’re chasing you of course.
But our new background videos have landed, exploded and changed the game. They have wiped out the old standards for beautiful websites, and have replaced them with a new standard that will leave all other websites looking like fossils.
Luckily, both our existing clients and our new ones have access to this brilliant new feature we’ve introduced, and we’d like to share its benefits with you today.
A superhero is only super because he or she stands out amongst the crowd. If we were a planet of flying, teleporting, time-freezing super-strong aliens, then we wouldn’t think there was anything super about us. When it comes to using formatting methods such as bold, italics, capitals or centering, all of these little text-enhancing superheroes will only stand out if they are used sparingly, in the right place, and when absolutely necessary…
Reviews, testimonials, recommendations – we all seek reassurance in them. We might even skip past the good ones just to see if there are any bad ones.Other people are sources of information for us. They can tell us whether this product or service is actually any good or not. Reading their testimonials builds trust in your business.
If I have multiple domain names, will my website rank better on the search engines? Will I be more likely to draw in extra traffic? Will my website become a supercharged powerhouse bursting with domain names that will become a magnet for new business? The answer might not be quite as positive as you would expect, but hopefully we can answer your questions during this article…
Choosing a domain name for your new business may not be as simple as you think. Most people just use their company name, but unless your branding is well recognised, this may work against you…
Is it possible for your business website to look too good? Too polished? Too slick? Too posh?
Perhaps it depends on how slick and posh you already are.
“If a customer fills out a form and adds their email address, what can I do with it?” This is a terrible question, asked by non-GDPR compliant cavemen and cavewoman who still think it’s OK to treat other people’s info as if it’s their own…
You are building a GDPR-friendly email list, and now you want to start sending out newsletters, the professional way. Where do you start?
“Don’t sell your product. Solve their problems.” Mark Cuban’s wise words sum up the art of selling – it is about helping people, fixing problems and improving the lives of others…
iF we’re honest, not many people will accuse you of clownery for not having a proper business email address. But they might not call you professional either…
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When July 2018 hits, Google Chrome will make sure a strong warning will pop up on any website that has not yet updated from “http” to “https”. The warning will include something along the lines of “Website Not Secure”. Here’s how to avoid it.
Widgets… or Gadgets as they are also know are pieces of complete code which can be placed onto your website pages to perform specific functions. They allow you to add extra functions and customisations to your website without you needing to learn the whole language of code. Even better, widgets are commonly available free of charge.
With so many widgets available, it would be almost impossible to list them all. But some of the more common functions include: Graphics – such as animated banners or adverts. Gadgets - such as “how to find us maps”, hit counters and even weather forecasts. Entertainment – such as live TV listings, Internet Radio and Games. Social Functions with links to social bookmarking or network pages including Twitter and Facebook. Audio Visual – where you can show your own YouTube videos directly from your web pages etc., etc., etc.
There are huge libraries available online with every gadget imaginable. Google has a whole section of free widgets, gadgets and functions available. Just type "Widget" or “Web Gadget” into any search bar and you'll see pages and pages of them, and they’re usually free. HOWEVER - It can be very easy to get carried away with such an enormous choice of functions and gadgets and you could end up with a website that looks like a Blackpool Amusement Arcade. Try to use restraint here and go for sensible and relevant functions, which will add genuine advantages to your website rather than something fun just for the heck of it which could detract from the real message your site is trying to deliver.
Your DotGO website page editor makes it extremely simple to add widgets and gadgets with a button on your Editor Icon Bar called “Show HTML”. This button transforms your page view from “editor view” to show all the HTML code, which goes into creating the content on your webpage. When you click this button you will be faced with a terrifying page full of confusing code but don’t panic! There is a simple trick to help you paste your widget code exactly where it needs to go.
Once you've copied your widget code, click on Step 3 and click to “Edit” the page on which you want your widget to appear. While you're still in the editor view, tab down to a clean line (P) and type “XXXXXXXCODEXXXXXX”. Set any alignment you want: left, right or centre. Now, click your “Show HTML” button and scroll through the code until you find <p>XXXXXXXCODEXXXXXX</p> or <p style="text-align: left/right/center"> XXXXXXXCODEXXXXXX</p> if you’ve set any alignment. Highlight the “XXXXXXXCODEXXXXXX” and paste your widget code in its place, making sure it sits exactly between the close and open brackets of the <p> and </p>. Be careful not to remove any of the brackets as they are important!
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